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Mike Slawson with Lumense

Mike Slawson/Lumense

Mike Slawson co-founded Lumense in 2011 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mike has been instrumental in setting company strategy, securing intellectual property rights, raising capital, and building strategic partnerships.

Prior to Lumense, Mike was a co-founder of Qualtre, Inc., an ATDC company commercializing MEMS inertial sensors, where he served as CEO for almost three years. Since 1998 until 2010, Mike was also a partner at Alliance Technology Ventures, an Atlanta-based venture capital firm developing early-stage companies in information technology and life sciences. For much of his time at ATV, Mike was responsible for the information technology investment strategy. Mike either managed or assisted with the management of the firm’s successful investments in several companies, including SecureWorks, Novera, Telaxis, SyChip, Digital Furnace, Mindlever, and OmniGuide. Prior to joining ATV, Mike was a Kauffman Fellow at Chicago-based ARCH Venture Partners.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt, an MSEE from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Mike also held engineering and engineering management positions with Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, and Alcatel. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.



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Prince Niyyar with Commdex Consulting and Gary Gross with Mercury Development

Prince Niyyar/Commdex Consulting

Prince Niyyar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Commdex Consulting, LLC. Since founding Commdex in 2001, Prince has led the company from a startup to a recognized national leader in wireless communications technology, with operations in over 18 states. Over the last four years, under his leadership, Commdex has grown over 1000%. Commdex was last year listed on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500 list of “Fastest growing private companies in the nation” and recognized with Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Pacesetter Award”.

Prince earned his Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Professional Manager. Prince is active in the industry and community, serving as a board member of Gwinnett Technical College and Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Prince was an invited guest on talk shows like “Thrive America” and “Business Leader Radio” and he frequently speaks at business conferences.

Business success has brought him numerous accolades. Prince was Greater North Fulton Chamber’s “Small Business Person of the Year” in 2009, and was honored with the “Pinnacle Award” by Gwinnett County in 2011.

Gary Gross/Mercury Development

Gary Gross is responsible for management of business development, sales, and strategic alliances. His role is to ensure that companies around the globe continue to look to Mercury Development for optimized mobile apps to help them achieve their corporate strategies. During his 20-year career, Gary has worked with technologies such as SaaS, ERP, CRM, and ASP. He has extensive experience with development and collaboration software, virtual events, IT security, and webcasting. He currently serves on the Board of the Mobility Society for the Technology Association of Georgia. When not working, Gary attends numerous charity events and hosts a radio talk show about non-profits.



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Atlanta Gaming Development

Co-hosts Micah Porter and Dana Barrett welcome the following to the studio to discuss Atlanta Gaming Development:

Jesse Lindsley/Thrust Interactive

The driving force behind Thrust Interactive, Jesse Lindsley, started his company in 2004 with the vision that games can change the world.

Jesse and his talented team have put Thrust on the map by creating and publishing independent game titles including hits like Button Men and Boomblastica. In addition, Thrust has released 100+ third party games for clients such as the NFL, Cartoon Network, Mercedes, TBS/TNT, American Cancer Society, Autotrader and more.

Jesse has become a leader in the Atlanta Game Development community, where he founded the Unity 3D Atlanta User Group, runs the IGDA–Atlanta chapter and hosts the monthly Atlanta Game Developer Meet-up. He is an active board member of the Indie Developer Guild, APPNATION Atlanta and Digitainment Georgia. His industry experience and expertise have awarded him regular speaking engagements all over the country.

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Tech and plays and captains a five-time ALTA AA1 City Championship team along with two USTA (5.5 & 5.0) National Championship teams. In his free time, Jesse can be found taking his three dogs and cat (Gooch, Parker, Buckley and Slim), tenants at Thrust’s studio, out for a stroll in the Inman Park neighborhood.

Blake Lewin/TransGaming

As President of TransGaming’s digital home division Blake Lewin brings an extensive background to the company, most recently as VP, Media and Entertainment Platforms for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) Platform R&D Group. Blake is the inventor of GameTap, Turner’s first broadband entertainment network, and was responsible for its design and development. He was executive producer on Cyan Worlds’ Myst Online: URU Live and on TBS virtual worlds launched within Kaneva; has filed three patents for Turner on iTV and broadband systems; has led the production and management of web and interactive TV applications on various emerging platforms over the past 17 years; and has licensed and produced CD-ROMs and games such as Hell Cab,DinotopiaThe Pagemaster and Carl Sagan’s Murmurs of Earth.

Early in his career, Blake was a musician with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition, a minor in electronic music, and an associate’s degree in audio technology from Indiana University. Blake worked for inventor Emmett Chapman (The Chapman Stick), did transcriptions for artists such as Frank Zappa and Allan Holdsworth, and served as music coordinator for major motion pictures, including Thelma and LouiseCompany Business, and Man In The Moon.

Alan Wilson/Tripwire Interactive LLC

Alan Wilson has worked in Oil, Defence and Finance sectors over a 30-year “serious” career, before moving over to the games industry. Alan has also been a military historian, mixing that with game design over the same period. This led to the “Red Orchestra” mod in 2003. When the team won the MSU contest, Alan supported the creation of Tripwire Interactive LLC along with the other key players in the original team. Alan worked on the design, budgeting and planning of the development of “Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41- 45”, as well as focussing on raising the required funding for the company to develop the game completely independently.

RO scored in the top 10% on Metacritic for 2006 (81) and has now sold over 600,000 units on PC worldwide. Tripwire launched the hit co-op zombie shooter, Killing Floor in 2009, which went to #1 on Steam and Red Orchestra 2: “Heroes of Stalingrad” in 2011. KF has now sold over 1.5m units on PC, making it one of the top 50 selling PC games of all time.

Tripwire has pioneered selling games digitally, alongside traditional retail routes to market, with great success. Additionally, Tripwire has got involved with other independent developers, publishing Zeno Clash, The Ball and Dwarfs!?, as well as mentoring and advising startups.


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